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Air Nostrum PMI-MAH

Mon Aug 06, 2007 1:51 am

All too soon our short break by ourselves was over, time to meet up with my brothers etc......

25.07.07 IB8486 DHC-8Q-315 EC-IBT 5F
1st Flight on this aircraft & 5th DHC-8 Flight
SCH DEP 10:10 SCH ARR 10:50
ACT DEP 10:11 ACT ARR 10:54

The taxi dropped us off and we headed inside to the IB check-in desks, there were about 5 people in front of us but we moved quickly and soon had bag's tagged and headed for security. No queue for security, we were inside the VIP lounge 5 minutes after leaving the desk, excellent!

The lounge is quite poor in comparison to BA's Terraces, but having used it last year we knew what to expect. I had a lemon tea then headed out to catch a few planes, made 11 new ones, mostly TuiFly 738's -- I really do need a full day or weekend at PMI to get some serious spotting in, been too long..........

Upon returning to the lounge I found a few roll's containing various meats and or cheese had been put out, so I had one with some more lemon tea.

Boarding was called at around 09:40, it's only a short walk from the lounge to the gates Air Nostrum use for their services. Straight on the bus and a little drive out to our plane for today's short flight. We passed a couple of planes on the ramp, as usual, all the ones I was interested in were mostly hidden by planes I already had logged.

We were among the last to board the flight, choosing to get a few pic's on the ramp instead.

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z287/BA319131/DSC02522.jpg

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Doors closed at 10:03 and we pushed back just behind schedule, today's load was light, just 21 of us on the flight. As per usual on Air Nostrum, the FA's safety announcements were quick and pretty much indecipherable, that said, it's the same on most of my Spanish flights.

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z287/BA319131/DSC02527.jpg


Upon arrival at the runway, we had a fairly lengthy hold, not sure of the reason, but no aircraft took of or landed on the runway we were waiting to use. Wheels were finally up at 10:29.

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http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z287/BA319131/DSC02535.jpg

The PMI-MAH route is short, but Air Nostrum still provide a beverage service, I took a Coke in a real glass and a packet of nuts, in addition cleansing wipes were handed out, just excellent! I'd love to fly Air Nostrum on a longer, such a shame they dropped the Gatwick route from Mao, I'd like to have flown that.

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z287/BA319131/DSC02532.jpg

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http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z287/BA319131/DSC02539.jpg

After 25 minutes of flight, wheels touched down at 10:54, 4 minutes behind schedule, not bad considering we left quite late.

The ramp was quite busy, other planes there included a Monarch 321, Thompsonfly 757 and a few others I forget now.

Baggage claim took a while, though that was expected given the charter flights volume of passengers.

In summary:-

YW -- Excellent, great carrier.

Looking from Mao town to the harbour
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z287/BA319131/DSC02566.jpg

Thanks for reading, any comments are appreciated.

Regards

Mark
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RE: Air Nostrum PMI-MAH

Mon Aug 06, 2007 2:46 am

Great Report!!! I'm flying to Spain tomorrow and one of my flights is in an Air Nostrum DHC-8Q. I'm looking forward to take a lot of pictures and make an awesome Trip Report of it.

Good Job!.

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Mon Aug 06, 2007 4:11 am

Nice to hear some more reports of flying into MAH, especially on Air Nostrum who are usually excellent! It's a shame you didn't manage to fly them LGW-MAH because it really was an excellent flight, I think once I paid about £60 one way and for the level of service provided it was incredible value; a large and very tasty choice of meals served in several separate courses, followed by a cheese/hams and bread service and then more drinks!

The terminal has been a mess for a couple of years now, every time you go they have changed the baggage belts around, used to be that you got your bags almost instantly! Have they sorted the roof out btw, after it collapsed last year during construction?

Thanks for posting, look forwards to the next legs  Smile


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Mon Aug 06, 2007 4:15 am

Hi Mark,

another great report about your trip to the Balearic Islands - and very nice pics as well. Air Nostrum seems to provide a very good service indeed - with drinks in real glasses and even a small snack on such a short route. I have seen Air Nostrum planes taking off from PMI to the neighbour islands several times and always thought about a short trip with them when visiting PMI, but up to now I haven't made it yet.

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RE: Air Nostrum PMI-MAH

Mon Aug 06, 2007 4:21 am

Mark

this report answers my question on your earlier write-up  Wink

Air Nostrum seems great indeed giving such a service on this short sector.

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 2):
for the level of service provided it was incredible value; a large and very tasty choice of meals served in several separate courses, followed by a cheese/hams and bread service and then more drinks!

Probably one of my next flights will be on them then  Wink They now serve AMS twice a week on CRJ's, and I would like to experience them myself now  Smile

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RE: Air Nostrum PMI-MAH

Mon Aug 06, 2007 12:16 pm

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I'd love to fly Air Nostrum on a longer

When working for Denim Air in Spain, and whenever my work schedule allowed, I would hop on longer Air Nostrum flights, e.g. Barcelona to Turin or Almeria, to just sit back and relax and enjoy a three-course meal. Always an excellent service, indeed even on very short flights.
 
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RE: Air Nostrum PMI-MAH

Mon Aug 06, 2007 8:33 pm

Nice report...I enjoyed reading it. Keep it up  Smile
 
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Tue Aug 07, 2007 2:08 am

Hi, Mark,

another good read, thanx for posting.

PMI is sure an interesting place for spotting some "new" logs.

It seems Nicole was in a good mode to travel that day

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And, btw, Mao harbour looks also nice with that big cruiser at the dock.

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RE: Air Nostrum PMI-MAH

Tue Aug 07, 2007 6:00 am

Hi Guy's, thanks for reading and comments left.

Quoting Cybergus (Reply 1):
I'm flying to Spain tomorrow and one of my flights is in an Air Nostrum DHC-8Q. I'm looking forward to take a lot of pictures and make an awesome Trip Report of it.

- Great, look forward to reading it.

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 2):
The terminal has been a mess for a couple of years now, every time you go they have changed the baggage belts around, used to be that you got your bags almost instantly! Have they sorted the roof out btw, after it collapsed last year during construction?

- It's all fixed now, the bus from the plane drops you off in the arrivals/lower level of the terminal extension.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 3):
I have seen Air Nostrum planes taking off from PMI to the neighbour islands several times and always thought about a short trip with them when visiting PMI, but up to now I haven't made it yet.

- If you've time, have a flight, they are really quite good, much better than mainline IB & JK.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 4):
Probably one of my next flights will be on them then They now serve AMS twice a week on CRJ's, and I would like to experience them myself now

- Where do they fly?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
It seems Nicole was in a good mode to travel that day

- Hi Markus, Nic had never flown on anything so small - hence the pic to show her friends.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
And, btw, Mao harbour looks also nice with that big cruiser at the dock.

- It is a great harbour, lots of lovely bars and restaraunts along it.

Regards

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RE: Air Nostrum PMI-MAH

Tue Aug 07, 2007 6:04 am

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 8):
Where do they fly?

They do SDR-AMS twice weekly (at this moment even 3 flights a week) and use CR2 basically, but sometimes upgraded to CR9's.

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Tue Aug 07, 2007 6:15 am

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 9):
They do SDR-AMS twice weekly (at this moment even 3 flights a week) and use CR2 basically, but sometimes upgraded to CR9's.

Bye!
Eric

Hi Eric,

Now it would be cool to fly this route and get a CJ2 & CR9, that would be neat!

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RE: Air Nostrum PMI-MAH

Tue Aug 07, 2007 10:06 am

Great report and great pics, Mark, thanks for sharing!

I really, really hope that I'll end on an Air Nostrum flight instead of an Iberia flight some day. Big grin

Oh yes, after this report, I can't wait to return to Spain in December... my favourite time for visiting the Spanish mainland actually!

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RE: Air Nostrum PMI-MAH

Sat Aug 11, 2007 7:31 pm

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 11):
Great report and great pics, Mark, thanks for sharing!

- No problem, my pleasure  Smile

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 11):
Oh yes, after this report, I can't wait to return to Spain in December... my favourite time for visiting the Spanish mainland actually!

- Which part are you headed to? - Got the flights booked yet?

Regadrs

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RE: Air Nostrum PMI-MAH

Sat Aug 11, 2007 7:56 pm

Air Nostrum is famous for their onboard service here on this forum (well certainly not only here on this forum). Nice to see they have once again impressed an a.net member, even though the flight was so short. I should really give them a try one day, but as they no longer fly into STR, I doubt this will be anytime soon. Anyway, always a pleasure to read your reports with once again some nice pics. Regards, Alex.
 
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RE: Air Nostrum PMI-MAH

Tue Aug 14, 2007 5:05 am

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 12):
- Which part are you headed to? - Got the flights booked yet?

Nothing booked yet, a friend and me want to go either to Alicante (his parents have a house there), or to Malaga (my parents have a house there), or to Barcelona (always fun to experience the local nightlife with fellow A.netter Mighluss). I guess we will travel to the city with the cheapest air fare.  Wink

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Tue Aug 14, 2007 5:41 am

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 14):
Nothing booked yet, a friend and me want to go either to Alicante (his parents have a house there), or to Malaga (my parents have a house there), or to Barcelona (always fun to experience the local nightlife with fellow A.netter Mighluss). I guess we will travel to the city with the cheapest air fare.

Looks pretty open there Patrick, wherever you go I'm sure you'll have a good time - look forward to the report and pic's - I seem to recall a boozy trip you had before  Smile

Best Wishes

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RE: Air Nostrum PMI-MAH

Tue Aug 14, 2007 7:05 am

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The lounge is quite poor in comparison to BA's Terraces

Are you comparing IB's lounge at PMI with BA's Terraces where? Can't believe you're comparing it with any major airport in the UK.
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RE: Air Nostrum PMI-MAH

Mon Aug 20, 2007 6:09 am

Quoting UPPERDECKFAN (Reply 16):
Are you comparing IB's lounge at PMI with BA's Terraces where? Can't believe you're comparing it with any major airport in the UK.

- No, am comparing BCN & MAD lounges, both are very poor in comparison to BA's Terraces lounges.

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RE: Air Nostrum PMI-MAH

Mon Aug 20, 2007 8:21 am

Hello Mark, thanks for this interesting trip report! Air Nostrum seems to be quite good, serving you drinks and snacks on such a short hop! Your pictures are also very lovely, especially the aerial ones of Palma and Badia de Palma. Mao looks picturesque too, perhaps I should head to MAH seeing that I have been to PMI and IBZ and thus complete Las Islas Baleares.

I saw the Air Nostrum Dash 8 flights in and out of PMI when I was there (which coincided with your flight; I was there 21-28 July) and from the beach near to my hotel could to some extent tell which ones were heading to MAH, which to IBZ and which elsewhere (though I do not know where else they use the Dash 8's to from there). It is interesting to see that AB fly those routes too.

Thanks for posting your holiday trip report.

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RE: Air Nostrum PMI-MAH

Mon Aug 20, 2007 1:54 pm

How long does the trip take by boat? How is Minorca? Interesting. Thanks.
 
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RE: Air Nostrum PMI-MAH

Mon Aug 27, 2007 2:31 am

Quoting Semsem (Reply 19):
How long does the trip take by boat? How is Minorca? Interesting. Thanks.

- Not sure about the boat as I always fly in. There is a daily ferry from Barcelona, I think it is a night time departure and arrives in Mahon harbour in the early hours. In addition, there are ferries to/from Palma.

Re interesting, it is quite a small island, there are a few places to visit - such as the old military baracks in Calla Longa, this is some 15 minutes drive from Mahon town centre.

The best thing about the island is the tranquility, lovely place, the holiday types are couples or couples with young children, none of the 'drinking' gang holiday makers here!

Regards

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